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Roland Hayes

Roland Wiltse Hayes (June 3, 1887 – January 1, 1977) was an American lyric tenor and composer. Critics lauded his abilities and linguistic skills demonstrated with songs in French, German, and Italian. Hayes’ predecessors as well-known African-American concert artists including Sissieretta Jones and Marie Selika were not recorded. Along with Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, Hayes was one of the first to break this barrier in the classical repertoire when in 1939 he recorded with Columbia.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 3, 1887 (Georgia), Died January 1, 1977 (Boston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, composer, arranger

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-98637 12-in. 1/14/1936 Lord, I can't stay away Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-Test-2501 10-in. 7/1/1936 Auch kleine Dinge Roland Hayes Tenor vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-Test-2502 10-in. 7/1/1936 Wonne der Wehmuth Roland Hayes Tenor vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-Test-2503 10-in. 7/1/1936 Lemme shine Roland Hayes Tenor vocal solo, with piano arranger, vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1917-11-19-01] Not documented 11/19/1917 A spirit flower Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1923-11-09-01] 10-in. 11/9/1923 I'm so glad trouble don't last always Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1923-11-09-02] 10-in. 11/9/1923 Arietta Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-02] 10-in. 5/4/1927 The crucifixion Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-03] 10-in. 5/4/1927 Little David Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-04] 10-in. 5/4/1927 Du bist die Ruh Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-05] 10-in. 5/4/1927 Der Jüngling an der Quelle Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E5158-E5160 10-in. 5/20/1927 Lord, I can’t stay away Violet Harmony Singers Female vocal chorus composer  
Brunswick C7799 10-in. 5/26/1931 Swing low, sweet chariot Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick C7837 10-in. 5/26/1931 Go down Moses Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Gramophone 0LA2188 10-in. 11/2/1937 I can't stay away Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hayes, Roland," accessed July 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104262.

Hayes, Roland. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104262.

"Hayes, Roland." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104262

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